Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Got Skype? Got 90 Minutes? Grow Your Online Teaching Skills This Summer!

Do online music lessons seem a bit daunting? Do you know what equipment and technology you need to teach a successful online lesson? Do you know how to set up and use your equipment? What about finding students? Or getting paid? Or setting up your policy? Or knowing which activities can be successful in an online lesson? Are there specific teaching tips you should use for online lessons? How about pros and cons of online teaching? Or troubleshooting when something goes wrong?

Do you ever think, "I could never teach on Skype because I'm afraid of using technology during piano lessons" or "I wish I could stop teaching so many makeup lessons", or "I'm moving soon and I don't want to leave all of my students behind!" or "I wish I had more students" .... then these videos are just what you have been looking for!

Put your fears behind you and learn to be a successful and confident online teacher with the step-by-step information included in my training video series, "Getting Started with Online Lessons". Learn what equipment you will need, where to purchase it, how to set it up, the pros and cons of online lessons, how to teach an online lesson, and much more in this 85-minute training session. 

The following videos are included (90 minutes total): 
Video 1: Why Online Lessons?
Video 2: Benefits of Online Lessons
Video 3: Basic Setup
Video 4: Enhanced Setup
Video 5: Finding Students
Video 6: A Solid Policy Protects
Video 7: Tips for Teachers
Video 8: Games and Activities
Video 9: Bonus Material

What People Are Saying About this Video Training Series:
"For any teacher wanting to start teaching online lessons or for helpful suggestions for teachers already teaching with this technology, Melody Payne's webinar is chock-full of practical suggestions. I highly recommend it!"
-Dr. Steve Betts, Dean for the College of Humanities, Southern Nazarene University

"The attention to detail and step by step guidance provided was presented in a way that was easily accessible for all who wish to jump into the internet pool and not sink!"
-Takenya Battle

"This webinar was such a blessing! Before watching it, my family just moved several hours away. I was hoping to keep some of my students, but very nervous about trying online lessons. Melody gave me the encouragement and confidence I needed. My lessons have been a huge success and I'm so grateful!"
-Tracy Selle

"I am glad I signed up. The webinar presentation, along with all the helpful links, does provide plenty of detail on how to actually get started, along with the Facebook page too. My very most favorite part was the segment of actual lesson video at the end (the "by ear" game). Thank you. 
-Wade Cottingham

"Dr. Melody Payne's online lesson course is a terrific course for teachers who are thinking about teaching online but have been hesitant to jump in. Melody calms any fears that teachers may be feeling and goes through tips and tricks even including ways to have fun with students online. It is the perfect environment to learn and gain confidence in your online teaching experience."
-Jennifer Foxx, Music Educator Resources









Monday, June 06, 2016

Music Awards and Piano Recital Kits for Your Upcoming Recital

If you have a piano recital coming up, you might be searching for just the right awards to present to your students to celebrate their accomplishments throughout the past year of lessons. Plus, these awards are a very affordable way to make each of your students feel recognized and special, especially if you are on a tight recital budget. 

Scroll down to see a variety of options created especially for music students as well as non-music students. Click each photo to see a list of awards that are included in each set. I used a variety of these awards for my past two recitals, and the students loved them! I printed them onto glossy photo paper using the highest quality print setting, and they looked amazing. They also look great on plain white paper and card stock using the regular print setting. One teacher said she printed them with a black border and she loved the look!

If you need to go easy on your ink supply, you'll be excited to know that you can opt for an ink-friendly black and white design. No need to save ink? Color versions are also available! 

Looking for more piano recital materials? You'll love these Piano Recital Kits. Scroll to the end of this post to see them. Create a cohesive look for your recital with these coordinating program templates, recital invitations, and certificates, and they're all editable! All you have to do is open the PowerPoint template, add text boxes, type the information you need, and print. Detailed instructions are included in the download. 

I wish you and your students all the best in your upcoming recitals! If you use any of these awards or recital kits, please let me know. I'd love to see photos! 

See the first set of awards in a studio recital photo here.


















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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Learn to Teach Music Lessons via Skype


Learn to Teach Music Via Skype with the "Getting Started with Online Lessons" training videos for music teachers who want to learn to teach music lessons or classes via Skype, FaceTime, or other video chat platform. This video specifically uses Skype as the platform, but the information can easily be transferred to other platforms. 

View the trailer here!

Do online music lessons seem a bit daunting? Do you know what equipment and technology you need to teach a successful online lesson? Do you know how to set up and use your equipment? What about finding students? Or getting paid? Or setting up your policy? Or knowing which activities can be successful in an online lesson? Are there specific teaching tips you should use for online lessons? How about pros and cons of online teaching? Or troubleshooting when something goes wrong?

Put your fears behind you and learn to be a successful and confident online teacher with the step-by-step information included in my training video series, "Getting Started with Online Lessons". Learn what equipment you will need, where to purchase it, how to set it up, the pros and cons of online lessons, how to teach an online lesson, and much more in this 85-minute training session. It is divided into nine short videos, so it is easy to watch only what you have time to watch or review a section that especially interests you. 

Do you ever think, "I wish I could stop teaching so many makeup lessons", or "I'm moving soon and I don't want to leave all of my students behind!" or "I wish I had more students" .... then these videos are just what you have been looking for!

The following videos are included (90 minutes total): 
Video 1: Why Online Lessons?
Video 2: Benefits of Online Lessons
Video 3: Basic Setup
Video 4: Enhanced Setup
Video 5: Finding Students
Video 6: A Solid Policy Protects
Video 7: Tips for Teachers
Video 8: Games and Activities
Video 9: Bonus Material

Download also includes a note-taking handout of the slides in the videos, links to all videos both WITH piano background tracks and (coming soon) WITHOUT piano background tracks and immediate access to all videos and bonus materials. 

Extras: 
1. As a bonus, everyone who purchases access to the video is also invited to join our exclusive Facebook group of teachers just like you where more discussion takes place and additional questions are answered. The link is included with your purchase.
2. Free quote posters for your studio or classroom! The link is included with your purchase. 

If you want to be the most forward-thinking and trend-setting teacher on the block, if you would love to increase your client base, teaching hours, and income, and if you want to offer experiences to students around the world that they will remember for years to come, then online teaching might be just what you’ve been looking for! Join me as I answer your burning questions about online music lessons, help you gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to start teaching online lessons, and help you discover ways to expand your studio offerings, set your studio apart, and take your studio to the next level!

Start your online lessons journey by purchasing this course HERE. You'll receive a download containing handouts and links to the videos and bonus materials.

The first 10 teachers who purchase these videos will receive $20 off the purchase price. No coupon code needed!

Testimonials:
"For any teacher wanting to start teaching online lessons or for helpful suggestions for teachers already teaching with this technology, Melody Payne's webinar is chock-full of practical suggestions. I highly recommend it!"
-Dr. Steve Betts, Dean for the College of Humanities, Southern Nazarene University

"The attention to detail and step by step guidance provided was presented in a way that was easily accessible for all who wish to jump into the internet pool and not sink!"
-Takenya Battle

"This webinar was such a blessing! Before watching it, my family just moved several hours away. I was hoping to keep some of my students, but very nervous about trying online lessons. Melody gave me the encouragement and confidence I needed. My lessons have been a huge success and I'm so grateful!"
-Tracy Selle

"I am glad I signed up. The webinar presentation, along with all the helpful links, does provide plenty of detail on how to actually get started, along with the Facebook page too. My very most favorite part was the segment of actual lesson video at the end (the "by ear" game). Thank you. 
-Wade Cottingham

"Dr. Melody Payne's online lesson course is a terrific course for teachers who are thinking about teaching online but have been hesitant to jump in. Melody calms any fears that teachers may be feeling and goes through tips and tricks even including ways to have fun with students online. It is the perfect environment to learn and gain confidence in your online teaching experience."
-Jennifer Foxx, Music Educator Resources



Monday, September 07, 2015

Teaching is a Labor of Love

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Join us 9/7 on TpT for some amazing Labor Day deals on music resources that you can use with your awesome students during any time of year! Lots of fun topics and ideas to choose from. 

Here's the link to my set of Chic & Glam Music Awards which is 50% off on 9/7 only:


Here's the link to everyone's resources - such a variety!

Or you can visit TpT and search LABORDAYMUSICSALE to see all the amazing products.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Guest Post: Communicating with a Newsletter by Ms. Judy Naillon

Do you share newsletters in your studio? Read this guest post by the one and only ViolinJudy, Judy Naillon to learn why they're an important part of communicating in your studio!


As an independent music teacher you may feel like you do enough already, but it's really important to market yourself if you don't have a full studio or a waiting list. The best and easiest way to get new students is by being so awesome that all of your current students will go to their friends and family and tell them why they should take lessons from you.

We musicians tend to be creative and also a bit disorganized. That's why it's a great idea to give important information to your students in a monthly newsletter. We all have had that “Oops” moment when we remember the important thing to tell them or to hand them a printed reminder is the minute after the student leaves. 

 By setting aside some time at the end of the month to organize your thoughts and ideas for the next month you’ll turn yourself into a better and more organized teacher too. Parents will be happy to have information nicely laid out for them. Yes, some parents need and appreciate frequent reminders of the next recital, even though I give out all the dates in August.  (Now that I have my own child, I have sadly found out that I can be that parent with other activities!  I have lost the T-ball schedule more than once and wished it had been emailed to me!)

In the past we could rely on social media outlets like Facebook to reach our clients; however with the inconsistent way they show information it's important to have personal communication. 

If you are shy about letting parents know that you need more students, the newsletter is the perfect format to get the word out!  It's important to stay fresh in your client’s mind and remind them how amazing you are. Once you start sending a newsletter out it may be tempting to send out information  the day you have it, but I would suggest no more than once a week and no less  than once a month. You want the newsletter to feel special so that parents will want to open it! 

Some suggestions to make writing your newsletter a breeze:  
  • Have a section for important dates like group lessons and recitals and a student of the month section.  
  • Remind students  which practice contest is running and what “special week” was held last month (I do lots of quick bench games with matching songs and candy treats. For example last week was ice cream week at my studio!)
  • Include something a little more personal.  At the beginning of magazines there is often a special personal note from the editor. This is the vibe I’m going for.
  • Publish a few fantastic pictures of your students to remind them of what a fun and unique teacher you are and assure readership.  Everyone enjoys seeing a picture of their kid highlighted, so be sure to include everyone throughout the year! 
  •  After learning the hard way, I convert each newsletter into.pdf format, this way everyone can easily view the newsletter.
You can find generic newsletter templates in programs like Microsoft Word, or find free programs; however a better use of your time may be to purchase a newsletter template specific to the kind of teacher you are. This year I asked the wonderful Plucky Pianista Melody Payne to create some extra special piano teacher newsletter templates, as I was unsatisfied with the generic teacher newsletters I had been using (and it’s nice to get a new theme every year too!)  I’m so thrilled that she was happy to oblige and you can find her fantastic templates in the teacherspayteachers.com store here:


While it would be nice if everybody was in the 21st-century, there are clients who need printed newsletters. Consider how many hard copies you need. (We all know how expensive color ink is!)  I usually print at least one to hang on my bulletin board.  I send a text reminder to a few who don’t check email regularly to let them know that the newsletter email has been sent.

 If you have a website you can post your newsletter there too, which is a great way to let prospective new students see what you have to offer!  However if you live in a very competitive area, you may want to save this information for your private students! You can view my latest newsletter at my website here http://violinjudy.com/current-students/

I hope these tips help you become a more organized and effective teacher!  

About the Author: “Ms. Judy Naillon, or “ViolinJudy” is a dedicated Piano and Violin teacher, who over the past 20 years has given private lessons in Winfield and Derby, KS and now is located in Wichita, KS.  Her full time job is her private studio, playing with Wichita Symphony, managing and playing with her String Quartet and, managing her wonderful family. She received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Wichita State University, and has played Violin in the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for the past 12 years.  A MTNA member, she has been fortunate to attend many national conventions.  
“I love coming up with creative ideas to help my students be successful, including composing pieces for them, making up new games to make theory fun, planning awesome group lessons and scouring the internet for all things violin & piano... from worksheets to the latest iPad app.  I was hesitant at first, but I love seeing my students (young and old) delight in all that an iPad can offer!  I'm proud to be a certified JoyTunes iPad Piano teacher and able to gift my students with access to this amazing app!  There are so many new options that can really make practicing FUN! Join me; I'll help to get your students in a joyful learning spirit!”

Connect with Judy: Visit her website at http://www.violinjudy.com 





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